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The Global Search for Education: Are You Inclusive?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Amir Dossal: As engines of growth, smaller businesses can serve as role models for good corporate citizens. Here are a few ways smaller companies might make a difference.

Jersey City Women Ex-Offenders Find Hope in 'Most Excellent Way'

Francine LeFrak | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Working is critical: Many owe significant fines, court fees, and 85% of female ex-offenders have children to support. But for ex-offenders, getting a job through normal channels is next to impossible -- many lack hard skills and work experience, with nothing on their resume except their conviction.

My Umuganda

Francine LeFrak | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Every community in America could benefit from Umuganda because it is not just about solving practical problems, it's about recovering a sense of shared ownership for our communities and responsibility for where we live.

The Bright Side of Black Friday

Francine LeFrak | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Black Friday has the power to do good. This day of extreme consumerism, this day that that causes stampedes in the name of giving gifts, can give the greatest gift of all -- the promise of a brighter future.

Philanthropy Gift Guide: Give Hope This Holiday Season

Francine LeFrak | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

I'm deeply invested in philanthropy, and I stand behind these exceptional organizations and their passionate leaders who live for impact and deserve our support as they work to change the world.

Second Chance at Newport Mall in NJ

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

With my passionate and committed Same Sky team, we met the formerly incarcerated women and provided them with the training to make decorative stretch bracelets. The women relished working with the beads, using their hands, and creating something beautiful to share.

Francine LeFrak: The Case for Redefining Success

Francine LeFrak | Posted 08.19.2013 | Women
Francine LeFrak

You can touch someone's life by empowering them, and in turn, you are actually empowering yourself. There couldn't be a more perfect way to define well-being.

Inspiration Where You Least Expect It

Francine LeFrak | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Jean Harris' work at the prison was hard-hitting, yet she was just about the last person I had expected to inspire me in such a powerful way. The only time I had heard of Jean Harris before this was on the front page of the Post, where she was portrayed as a cold-blooded murderess.

The Legacy and Love of Aloisea Inyumba

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

When I was in Rwanda last, I asked a five-year-old girl what she would like to be when she grows up. She enthusiastically responded, "President!" The response was so surprising, and a true testament to the type of country Rwanda has become.

Oppression into Opportunity: How Ethical Shopping Can Hold Up Half the Sky

Francine LeFrak | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Often times their world is not easy, having to travel full days to Nairobi to buy beads not even made in Africa, rather imported from the Czech Republic.

The Women's Model: Collaboration, Not Competition

Francine LeFrak | Posted 11.07.2012 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

In 1992, many people regarded AIDS with fear, deeming it "the gay man's illness." But Mary Fisher, as someone who was told to count her days left to live, courageously addressed the nation, knowing of the stigma that could potentially haunt her for a lifetime.

How I Became My Father: Generations of Vision

Francine LeFrak | Posted 08.05.2012 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Samuel J. LeFrak had the audacity to build in the swamplands of New York for the sake of safe middle class housing, and I have the aspiration for global gender equality. Both of our goals were unprecedented at the time of their initiations.

Can We Change the World by the Way We Shop?

Francine LeFrak | Posted 01.11.2012 | Style
Francine LeFrak

Imagine walking into your local department store, picking out a shirt and eyeing its tag, which says "This product was made in Rwanda by Consolee."

Rwanda Rises: A Lesson in Hope

Francine LeFrak | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Francine LeFrak

Let's face it, our world has seen better days. Take a look at the newspaper on any given day and you'll find enough tragedy and disaster to send you s...